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 Lifeline Ventures has never ceased to surprise me. There’s their annual benchpress and dead-lifting contest every November to find the world’s strongest investor and founder. Or, I mean, just look at their portfolio: Trash-sorting robotic systems. Ear-plugs that shine light on the surface of your brain to treat seasonal affective disorder. They even backed the Finnish rock band, the… Read More

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 David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager worth north of a billion dollars, isn't bullish on technology stocks. In a letter to his investors sent today, Einhorn called the current market environment regarding technology companies the "second tech bubble in 15 years." Read More

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 Doug Ludlow, formerly CEO of startup Hipster, is working on something new called The Happy Home Company, and he has convinced former eBay executive Matthew Mengerink to co-found it with him. Hipster, for those of you who don't remember, was a photo-sharing startup that was probably best-known for stunts like offering a year's supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon as part of its referral bonus. Read More

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 On the heels of its announcement with Wistron last week, Tactus chief executive Craig Ciesla stopped by TechCrunch to talk about its future plans. Ciesla said that the company raised $13.5 million in its Series B round, with Thomvest Ventures as the lead investor, with Ryoyo, Wistron and other undisclosed strategic and financial investors participating. Ciesla says that the company is using the… Read More

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 Since it was first launched in 2007, CrunchBase has been an invaluable source of information about major companies, startups, investors, and executives in the tech ecosystem. Today we're proud to introduce CrunchBase 2.0 -- a more beautiful, easier-to-use, and more powerful version of the database that the tech world has come to depend on. Read More

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 Let’s get outside of the San Francisco bubble for a little while (trust me, there is oxygen here). I realize in a world saturated with protesters who have all the sophistication and menace of a shipful of Pakleds, it may seem like a protest in front of Kevin Rose’s home is the Biggest News in the Universe. It may seem doubly so when said protesters are demanding $3 billion in latinum, and your… Read More

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 A new policy put in place this March effectively bans members of the U.S. intelligence community from speaking to the media, even when discussing unclassified matters. The new rules have sparked outcry from many outside the government, given that the policies as detailed in the directive further clamp down on interaction between the public and intelligence denizens. Read More

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 Xappmedia is announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding for its recently launched audio advertising platform. The first part of a Xappmedia spot can sound like a regular ad, but then it offers a call to action. For example, an ad for a flower company could begin with a promotional spiel, but then ask users whether they want to find out more, or buy flowers, or whatever — not by… Read More

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 After what has been seriously way too long, Roku has just launched an official YouTube channel for most of its lil’ streaming boxes. The catch: Roku says the channel is only compatible with “current generation” devices, which they define as any box launched after July 2011. Roku’s model numbering system is super confusing*, so just know that if your Roku came out in the… Read More

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 Owlet, a smart baby bootie that measures your child's heart rate, launched on our Hardware Battlefield last January and has just raised $1.85 million from multiple firms including FF Venture Capital and Eniac Ventures. The company also completed the RGA Connected Devices Accelerator through Tech Stars. Read More

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 Our lives are not defined reverse chronologically, yet until now, that's strictly how our social network profiles portrayed us -- as a snapshot of our latest activity. Today, Twitter gave everyone the option to pin a tweet to the top of their profile "so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about." It's the first step towards a more holistic vision of identity online. Read More

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 A few days ago Aol Mail was hacked, and users' address books were scraped. Today, Aol has announced moves that will help other mail providers reject email messages sent from email accounts spoofed from this security breach. Read More

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 The alleged "face of Bitcoin," Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, has taken to YouTube with noted Bitcoin activist, Andreas Antonopoulos, to thank the Bitcoin community for sending him over $20,000 in BTC donations. Read More

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 Before today, you needed a developer account to help test Apple’s upcoming software releases before they hit the general user population. You didn’t need to actually develop anything, but it would still cost you $99 per year to partake, and technically it was still sort of against the rules. Today, Apple introduced its OS X Beta Seed Program to make pre-release Mac operating system… Read More

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 The internet ages with its users. As the first digital generation learned the language of computing and online networking it created tools for every conceivable life event. On the Web these days you can plan for everything from having a baby to buying a car to getting into college and even getting married (and divorced). Now, Beyondly, which does business as Everplans, is set to announce a $2.1… Read More

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 After delay and minor intrigue, the $7.2 billion Microsoft-Nokia deal will close this Friday. With its conclusion, Microsoft will become the de facto Windows Phone OEM, building and shipping the lion's share of the smartphones that are part of the platform. Read More

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 It was either move to Silicon Valley or bust, according to Nitro CEO Sam Chandler. His startup base of Melbourne, Australia, didn’t have the resources back in 2008 to help him scale his cloud-based, document-collaboration startup beyond an angel round of investing. It’s still a common dilemma for entrepreneurs throughout the world. Read More

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 Over the past few weeks, you might’ve noticed that some Twitter profiles looked a bit… different. A bit more… well, a bit more like Facebook. That’s the new Twitter profile, and it’s something they’ve been testing for weeks. Today, they’re starting a wider roll out of the new look, giving it to anyone who knows where to click. Want the new profile?… Read More

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Weebly, which offers easy-to-use tools for building websites, announced today that it has raised $35 million in Series C funding. The money comes from previous investor Sequoia Capital and from Chinese company Tencent. Weebly CEO David Rusenko told the Wall Street Journal that the round valued his company at $455 million. Read More

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 Y Combinator is making some big changes today with its equity structure and YCVC program. The incubator will now end its YCVC partnership with Khosla, Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, and Maverick Capital, and has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from LPs to invest more money in startups graduating from the program. Read More

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 If you’ve ever wanted to chop data up into separate little piles, here’s your chance. Using a proof-of-concept called Kinetica, Ph.D. students at CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute have created a system that lets you slide certain subsets of data out of a chart, order data along arbitrary lines, and even create charts and graphs with a quick swipe. The app, which runs on… Read More

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 Last year, I got a sneak preview of Fan TV, a next-generation streaming set-top box from the makers of the Fan (née Fanhattan) iPad video discovery app. Now, 11 months later, the product is going to finally be made available to users through a partnership with Time Warner Cable. Read More

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 It's Earth Day, so there isn't a company on the Internet that isn't trying to brandish its green image. Apple led the charge earlier this week and today, Google announced that it has inked a deal with MidAmerican Energy to supply its $1.5 billion Iowa data center with up to 407 megawatts of 100 percent renewable wind energy. Read More

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 If you want to find someone at a big event, it’s difficult. “I’m by the big orange thing sort of next to the pretzel vendor kinda” is pretty standard fare for communicating your whereabouts. A new Kickstarter project (via Ross Rubin on Twitter) aims to DISRUPT finding your pals in a busy place with a significant advancement in smartphone technology – colored flashing… Read More

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 Google is announcing today its plans to offer app install ads on mobile search and YouTube, following moves made by other tech industry companies, including Facebook and more recently Yahoo and Twitter. Google says that businesses looking to promote these app installs across the AdMob network will be able to target consumers based on data Google already has on file, like what apps they use, how… Read More

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